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Texas Property Law Reform Needed to Protect Farmers and Ranchers


An issue Texas Farm Bureau continues to follow and advocate for is property law reform in Texas. Unfair eminent domain laws are often abused, ending in Texas farmers and ranchers losing their land unjustly, even if it harms their livelihood. Publications Director Mike Barnett addressed this important issue in a recent blog post on the Texas Agriculture Talks blog.

Last year Proposition 11 was passed, stopping the government from taking private property to give to another entity for the primary purpose of economic development or enhance tax revenue. This was a step in the right direction, but it still falls short of what Texas property owners need. Barnett points to three instances where Texas eminent domain laws worked against farmers and ranchers, stating that while the list of horrors is endless across the state, the abuses must stop.

“The opportunity for reform is ripe,” writes Barnett. “The Texas legislature convenes in January. Both gubernatorial candidates are saying positive things about eminent domain reform. We have a general election in November. All 150 state representatives and 16 state senators are up for reelection.”

Barnett encourages readers to contact their “favorite candidates” and “tell them that you expect their support for Texas property law reform.”

To learn more about what you can do to help, read Mike Barnett’s blog post on Texas property law reform on the Texas Agriculture Talks blog at

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